“Making disciples requires equipping, training and investing in new believers…it is intentionally equipping believers with the Word of God through accountable relationships empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to replicate faithful followers of Christ. When people become disciples, they learn what Jesus said and live out what Jesus did (Matthew 28:19).”
Robby Gallaty, Growing Up: How To Be A Disciple Who Makes Disciples
Thank you so much for your desire to invest in God's Word and to grow as a disciple of Christ in the community, through discipleship. As you continue to read/learn about Discipleship, fight the urge to see this opportunity as a program or class that you are signing up for. Instead, may you see this as the most important investment of spiritual growth. Consider this as a necessity to find a healthy rhythm of making discipleship a priority, a new and forever holy habit in your life. Yes, it's worth it!
The elements of discipleship can be incorporated in an additive way, but you will build up to daily Bible reading, a few days of journaling, a weekly Scripture memory verse, and a commitment to pray regularly. These spiritual disciplines will be holy habits that you will develop in a personal way. At the same time, you will also commit to gathering with a small group of women on a weekly basis (consistency is the key) as a source of encouragement and accountability. Groups will be encouraged to meet 12-18 months and then, "multiply" as you move from one group to invite other women to a community of discipleship.
1. Reading God's Word (5 days a week)
2. Journaling using the H.E.A.R. Method (2-3 times per week)
3. Scripture Memorization (1 verse per week)
4. Pray - individually and corporately
5. Gather with your small group (1 hour per week)
Where do you begin? Here are the first steps:
1. Pray about joining a small group.
Examine your heart and ask God to examine your heart.
Ask God to give you wisdom and discernment.
Pray for courage to respond in obedience to His will.
2. Seriously consider the time commitment.
When will I read and meditate on the Word daily?
Am I willing to consistently commit to gathering with a small group for a year?
If so, what day and time of the week is best?
3. Be willing to share your life with others and have a true desire to make disciples.
What would this look like?
- Sharing your faith story with your small group
-Inviting others to pray for witnessing opportunities in your life
-Sharing your "highs and lows" each week, and being willing to read one of your journal entries from the week
- Acknowledge that none of us are perfect and we all need to live out of and extend God's grace and mercy to those in our group.
If you are interested in learning more about Women's Small Group opportunities, please contact Kristen Torres at 205-871-7324 or email@example.com.